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  • آن سخنشان را وصیتها شمر  ** که پدر گوید در آن دم با پسر 
  • Regard their words as the (final) injunctions which a father gives at that moment to his son,
  • تا بروید عبرت و رحمت بدین  ** تا ببرد بیخ بغض و رشک و کین 
  • That thereby consideration and pity may grow (in thy heart), so that the root of hatred and jealousy and enmity may be cut off.
  • تو بدان نیت نگر در اقربا  ** تا ز نزع او بسوزد دل ترا 
  • Look on thy kinsman with that intention, so that thy heart may burn (with pity) for his death-agony.
  • کل آت آت آن را نقد دان  ** دوست را در نزع و اندر فقد دان  765
  • “Everything that is coming will come”: deem it (to have come) here and now, deem thy friend to be in the death-agony and in the act of losing (his life).
  • وز غرضها زین نظر گردد حجاب  ** این غرضها را برون افکن ز جیب 
  • And if (selfish) motives debar (thee) from this insight, cast these motives out of thy bosom;
  • ور نیاری خشک بر عجزی مه‌ایست  ** دانک با عاجز گزیده معجزیست 
  • And if thou canst not (cast them out), do not stand inertly in a state of incapacity: know that with (every) incapable there is a goodly Incapacitator.
  • عجز زنجیریست زنجیرت نهاد  ** چشم در زنجیرنه باید گشاد 
  • Incapacity is a chain: He laid it upon thee: thou must open thine eye to (behold) Him who lays the chain.
  • پس تضرع کن کای هادی زیست  ** باز بودم بسته گشتم این ز چیست 
  • Therefore make humble entreaty, saying, “O Guide (in the ways) of life, I was free, (and now) I have fallen into bondage: what is the cause of this?
  • سخت‌تر افشرده‌ام در شر قدم  ** که لفی خسرم ز قهرت دم به دم  770
  • I have planted my foot in evil more firmly (than ever), for through Thy omnipotence verily I am (engaged) in a losing business all the time.
  • از نصیحتهای تو کر بوده‌ام  ** بت‌شکن دعوی و بت‌گر بوده‌ام 
  • I have been deaf to Thy admonitions: while professing to be an idol-breaker, I have (really) been an idol-maker.
  • یاد صنعت فرض‌تر یا یاد مرگ  ** مرگ مانند خزان تو اصل برگ 
  • Is it more incumbent (on you) to think of what you (yourself) have made or of death? (Of death): death is like autumn, and you are the root of the leaves (which autumn destroys).”
  • سالها این مرگ طبلک می‌زند  ** گوش تو بیگاه جنبش می‌کند 
  • For years this death has been beating the drum, (but only when it is) too late is your ear moved (to listen).
  • گوید اندر نزع از جان آه مرگ  ** این زمان کردت ز خود آگاه مرگ 
  • In his agony he (the heedless man) cries from his (inmost) soul, “Alas, I am dying!” Has Death made you aware of himself (only) now?
  • این گلوی مرگ از نعره گرفت  ** طبل او بشکافت از ضرب شگفت  775
  • Death's throat is exhausted with shouting: his drum is split with the astounding blows (with which it has been beaten).
  • در دقایق خویش را در بافتی  ** رمز مردن این زمان در یافتی 
  • (But) you enmeshed yourself in trivialities: (only) now have you apprehended the mystery of dying.
  • تشبیه مغفلی کی عمر ضایع کند و وقت مرگ در آن تنگاتنگ توبه و استغفار کردن گیرد به تعزیت داشتن شیعه‌ی اهل حلب هر سالی در ایام عاشورا به دروازه‌ی انطاکیه و رسیدن غریب شاعر از سفر و پرسیدن کی این غریو چه تعزیه است 
  • Comparison of (the behaviour of) the heedless man who wastes his life and (only) begins to repent and ask pardon (of God) when he lies in extreme distress on his death-bed to the yearly mourning of the Shí‘ites of Aleppo at the Antioch Gate (of the city) during the ‘Áshúrá; and how a poet, who was a stranger, arrived (there) on his journey and asked what was the cause of these shrieks of mourning.
  • روز عاشورا همه اهل حلب  ** باب انطاکیه اندر تا به شب 
  • On the Day of ‘Áshúrá all the people of Aleppo gather at the Antioch Gate till nightfall,
  • گرد آید مرد و زن جمعی عظیم  ** ماتم آن خاندان دارد مقیم 
  • Men and women, a great multitude, and keep up a constant lamentation for the (Holy) Family.
  • ناله و نوحه کنند اندر بکا  ** شیعه عاشورا برای کربلا 
  • During the ‘Áshúrá the Shí‘ites wail and lament with tears and sobs on account of Karbalá.
  • بشمرند آن ظلمها و امتحان  ** کز یزید و شمر دید آن خاندان  780
  • They recount the oppressions and tribulations which the (Holy) Family suffered at the hands of Yazíd and Shimr.
  • نعره‌هاشان می‌رود در ویل و وشت  ** پر همی‌گردد همه صحرا و دشت 
  • They utter shrieks mingled with cries of woe and grief: the whole plain and desert is filled (with their cries).
  • یک غریبی شاعری از راه رسید  ** روز عاشورا و آن افغان شنید 
  • A stranger, (who was) a poet, arrived from the road on the Day of ‘Áshúrá and heard that lamentation.
  • شهر را بگذاشت و آن سوی رای کرد  ** قصد جست و جوی آن هیهای کرد 
  • He left the city and resolved (to go) in that direction: he set out to investigate (the cause of) those shrill cries.
  • پرس پرسان می‌شد اندر افتقاد  ** چیست این غم بر که این ماتم فتاد 
  • He went along, asking many questions in his search—“What is this sorrow? Whose death has occasioned this mourning?
  • این رئیس زفت باشد که بمرد  ** این چنین مجمع نباشد کار خرد  785
  • It must be a great personage who has died: such a concourse is no small affair.
  • نام او و القاب او شرحم دهید  ** که غریبم من شما اهل دهید 
  • Inform me of his name and titles, for I am a stranger and ye belong to the town.